‘The Five Nightmares’, published in Issue 1-6 of ‘The Invincible Iron Man’, featured Ezekiel Stane as the main villain. A young, smart opponent for Tony Stark, representing Stark’s dread of a new-generation of inventors who will make the Iron Man technology obsolete.
Zeke is an evil counter-part for Iron Man, with powers that don’t originate in a suit of armour. His brilliance alone makes him a threat, with a willingness to work for terrorist organisations.
His main focus is Tony Stark but he has a strong anti-authoritarian bias which could be directed at the rest of the superhuman community and other elements of society. He feels that those in power are fascists for not sharing their gifts with the rest of the world.
This is all bluster as Zeke doesn’t care about others, having no qualms about killing innocent people. This instability makes Stane very dangerous. There is nothing he won’t do to prove he is better than Stark.
‘The Order’ demonstrates that Stane is happy working behind the scenes, providing resources and augmentations to others as long as they further his agenda or can pay him well.
Although defeated by Tony Stark he was later freed by Mandarin and is at large.
The ‘Avenging Son’ distinction represents his core drive. It fuels his desire to live up to his father’s expectations but if taunted about how Obadiah died he looses control.
The ‘Murder Inc’ distinction represents his knowledge of terrorism and his ability to run a mercenary business. It also demonstrates his basic inhumanity to others.
‘Upstart Turk’ represents his desire to surpass others in the field of technology and business. He certainly has the genius but can also lead him to show off.
The human body uses 70% of its energy output to perform basic functions. Zeke modified his body so that it only needed to use 9%. The surplus energy was then available to power energy blasts, a force field and to boost his bodies performance.
The problem was this consumed energy, requiring him to consume nutrition goo, and that it produced a high level of heat. This would result in burns and loss of hair. In order to avoid burning up Zeke found a solution.
To manage the heat Stane invented a Displacement suit. The suit provides a D8 in durability and eliminates the Heat Yield Limit on the Upgraded power set.
His ‘Murder Inc’ company used a variation of his technology to turn people into human bombs. Rather than carefully directing and utilising the energy in their bodies Ezekiel altered them so that they would exploded with incredible force.
These suicide bombers were powerful enough to kill a super team and collapse buildings. They should be used sparingly, considering how dangerous they can be. Luckily their single power can be targeted, allowing the technology that powers them to be shutdown.
They can be represented as below:
SUICIDE BOMBERS (Rookie D6)
AFFILIATION SOLO: D4 BUDDY: D6 TEAM: D8
SFX: Area Attack. Target multiple opponents. For every additional target, add D6 to your pool and keep +1 effect die.
SFX: Unleashed. Step up or double any Power Set power for one action. If the action fails, 1 PP to heroes.
Limit: Suicide: The character takes Physical Stress from Explosion attack +1